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Do you believe in "old man strength"?

Asked by Randy (11214points) March 20th, 2008 from iPhone

I can remember as a child hanging out with my grandpa and him being stronger than anyone. I mean like picking up tractors strong. Ok, ok, I may be exagerating a bit, but you know what I mean? It just seems when men hit a certain age, they gain an amazing amour of strength. Anyone else notice this with grandpas, dads, uncles, ect?

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jrpowell's avatar

I have never seen it. And I hang out with a bunch of guys that are really old. Guys that tell stories about what they did in WWII.

I notice that they will try to pick up something until their bodies fail. They aren’t stronger they just don’t wuss out. I will get the hand-truck while they are trying to drag the freezer across the lawn.

DeezerQueue's avatar

My dad, who was not old, but older than me, had the ability to stop tornadoes dead in their tracks. I know this because a tornado never hit our house, it came pretty close and went through our backyard, but the house wasn’t touched.

luminous00's avatar

Maybe it’s the whole when you’re younger everyone/everything seems bigger and stronger and taller than you?

syz's avatar

I had a grandfather like that – it seemed like he had preternaturally strong hands. Of course, I was 5 at the time and I suppose it’s possible that everyone else had realized that you shouldn’t use that much strength on a little girl.

scamp's avatar

My Dad was one of those guys! He had the brute strength you are talking about. When I was a kid , if we got tired of walking, we would straddle his arms, and he would give us a ride to wherever we needed to go. I’m trying to think of how to describe this. He moved his arms away from his body, and cupped his hands. We sat on his hands, and held onto his arms. He kind of looked like an Ape, walking with a kid on each arm. And we weren’t little kids either. we were 8 and 10 years old. He did this without even breathing hard!!

I think men back then had to work harder because they didn’t have the conveniences we have today, so maybe that’s why they were stronger.

Lightbringer's avatar

yes I believe in old man strength….have u seen the last Rambo movie?

ironhiway's avatar

A security officer I knew at my last job referred to old man strength, something they were told to consider in making contacts. They had experienced old man strength during contacts.

I think it’s a combination of what JohnPowell refers to, and younger people with a misperceived idea of old people supposed to be frail. Like when a gung ho security guard contacts a non cooperative older man for the first time. Only to find he has a capable combatant on his hands.

Link to an interesting article on this topic.

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